Defensive end Chris Long announced his retirement from the NFL on Saturday night after playing for the last eleven years in the NFL for three teams.
The last two years of this career have been spent with the Eagles and saw Long winning both a Super Bowl and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The Eagles have both noted successes in a statement released after Long's announcement.
"When you look at everything that Chris Long has done as a player and as a human being, it's easy to see how happy we were to have him in our team team. Chris was everything we thought and more – not only as a great player for our football team, but also in the community. There are not many players who can claim to win Super Bowls and the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award in a row. He accomplished both with class and grace. There is no question that his work ethic combined with his unique talent made him one of the greatest professional athletes of his era. We are very grateful that Chris has chosen the Philadelphia Eagles and congratulate him on his fantastic career. He will always be part of the Eagles family.
Long spent 11.5 sacks and six forced fumbling in his two years with the Eagles, while working to provide communities in Africa with clean water and to donate his salary to educational initiatives in the United States. These charitable efforts earned him the Man of the Year award and are likely to be a focus in Long's life after football.